Bridging the Gap Between Business and Technology

Blueberry Consultants is a private limited software development company, formed in 1997 by the current Managing Director, Martin Green.

The Blueberry team is made up of highly-qualified, talented and innovative IT professionals each with their own area of expertise. Their experience spans the full range of custom software development, from small entrepreneurial projects to complex systems for major corporations.

 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
1997
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
headquarters
other locations
  • 48 Warwick Street
    London W1B 5AW
    United Kingdom
  • Glensanda House 1 Montpellier Parade
    Cheltenham GL50 1UA
    United Kingdom

Portfolio

Key clients: 

NHS, Toshiba, Arla, Carillion, University of Leeds, Barclays Bank, Hewlett Packard, Shell, Toro Rosso, Kier, StudioCanal

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DIMEC Pharmacy App

Blueberry helped start-up company, DIMEC Pharmacy, build a mobile app for repeat prescriptions – the first of its kind in the UK. In September 2018, the Co-op acquired Dimec in a multi-million pound deal. The Co-op is hoping the purchase will help it to grow into a digital competitor within the £10.5 billion pharmacy market.


The DIMEC Pharmacy app has addressed a need by patients to obtain

their prescription medication quickly, cheaply and more conveniently than is currently possible.

The app integrates with the NHS Electronic Prescription Service and is easy to understand and use, secure and reliable.

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Real-time Data Collection Android Tablet App

Crane specialise in torque management for engineering and automotive applications. They manufacture a range of precision torque wrenches, transducers, testers and simulation equipment.


Crane required an update in its technology from the relatively unsophisticated software used for measuring torque that required a connection to a laptop or PC to a wireless handheld device.


Blueberry built an Android-based program to collect and graph real-time data for a hand-held torque data collector called IQVu. The application runs on a ruggedized Android tablet for use on the manufacturing shop floor and collects data in realtime from electronic torque wrenches via a wireless connection or USB cable. It graphs the data and stores it for audit purposes. The data can also be exported in .CSV format for further offline analysis.


The IQVu is capable of measuring and collecting torque, angle and pulse data in the manufacturing and quality environment.


Crane’s equipment and Blueberry’s software is used by all of the world’s principal motor manufacturers. The technology is considered to be world-leading in the highly specialised area of torque management.

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Pharmax Web Portal

Blueberry built a web platform for pharmaceutical buying group, Pharmax, that offers products to independent pharmacies in an efficient manner through partnerships with Ireland’s key manufacturers, suppliers and supply-chain experts.The company has access to over 10,000 brokered medicinal products, including Branded medicinal products, Generics, OTC’s and ULM’s.Blueberry built a secure and robust web portal for pharmacists and

wholesalers that could be used to review both the orders placed and any discounts on the products being bought. In addition to online ordering, the portal also provides the ability for pharmacies to generate reports on their order history and any savings they’d made over the month.Blueberry was also asked to develop an application programming interface (API) that could receive and process pharmaceutical orders sent by existing pharmacy dispensing software, and then automatically send the processed orders to Wholesaler APIs based on the best discounts for the products being ordered.
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Arla Responsive Web Application for Vehicle Tracking

Arla is one of the largest food manufacturers in the UK, which runs 24/7/365 to supply fresh dairy products to supermarkets across the UK. They own well-known brands including Anchor and Lurpak.


Headquartered in Denmark, Arla recently built a state-of-the-art milk production facility at Aylesbury, around 30 miles from London. The system Blueberry developed manages all the vehicles coming in

and out of the Aylesbury site. This includes booking vehicles in via a portal exposed to Arla’s customers and tracking the location of lorries as they move around the yard, dropping off completed deliveries and becoming assigned to new delivery runs.


It also manages the drivers starting and ending their work shifts and being assigned to vehicles and delivery routes. The software includes some fairly complex logic, taking into account despatch times, vehicles types and loading bay availability.


A graphic drag-and-drop interface was provided for requesting vehicle movements within the yard and a large screen real time display of departures for the transport office.

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Web-Based Workflow Management System

Blueberry built an intuitive, flexible, web-based workflow management system for award-winning UK accountancy firm, PKF Cooper Parry, which has helped the company meet demanding client needs and win new business.


PKF Cooper Parry has several hundred clients, and the number of properties they look after total well into the thousands. Every single one of these properties needs their own set of

accounts, which require annual certification and auditing. The incumbent system was stifling the team’s ability to work effectively on a day-to-day basis and their opportunity to grow as a business.


Within a 10 month development period, Blueberry analysed, designed, developed and delivered a state-of-the-art system that could handle the complex rules around what different user roles could do in the system, whilst also being flexible enough to be easily extended should workflow patterns change in the future.


The system has enabled PKF Cooper Parry to significantly improve the efficiency of their account preparation, help individual accountants exceed their Key Performance Indicator targets and successfully pursue new business opportunities.

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Amazon IoT App

Animaware was founded in 2011 to develop a unique product to protect dogs and other pets from the dangers of temperature extremes.


Animaware is a small Android gadget that wirelessly monitors the temperature in the animals’ environment against an acceptable range which is set by the end user using an online web portal. Whilst AnimAlarm is already successfully sold to end-users, the company

needed a new development partner to enable the device to be used in the U.S market.


Blueberry suggested a new temperature warning system for animals that was built using IoT and Amazon Web Services technology.


Temperature updates are sent every minute to the Cloud, where Blueberry used Amazon’s IoT, Lambda and MQTT technologies to process the incoming data and send alerts via e-mail and SMS if the temperature goes out of range.

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Weight Loss Intervention Android Mobile App

The Nutritional Epidemiology Group is part of the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds, with a reputation for interdisciplinary excellence in linking nutrition, obesity and population health.


The Group proposed that a mobile phone could be a key tool for delivering a weight loss intervention programme, given its potential to communicate with a wide range of

individuals.


Blueberry created the ‘My Meal Mate’ Android mobile phone application which provides users with:


  • A database of 35,000 common food items, which allows the user to record what was eaten throughout the day in a food diary.
  • “Photo mode” where the user can use the phone camera to take a photo of a meal as a reminder for completing the food diary.
  • “Favourites” feature to store common meals to make data entry easier.
  • Exercise entry to log calories used during the users’ daily exercise. Target weight loss settings, with limits to prevent unhealthy rates of weight loss.
  • Progress tracking and graphing.
  • Upload of diary entries to a reporting website.
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Cloud-hosted Web Application for Budget Analysis

Murphy Cobb is a specialist consultancy that advises some of the world’s biggest companies on their advertising strategies. Their work covers broadcast, print and digital media, with a particular specialism in television advertising.


Blueberry was approached by MCA to provide a competitive build quote for a software tool called Budget Builder. Budget Builder would be sold to their clients’

marketing teams and would create advertising budgets from a portfolio of advertising campaigns specified over a 12-month period. This would typically involve coordinated TV, print and digital material.


Blueberry created the site for Budget Builder so that it re-styled automatically depending on the client – showing the client’s logo, images and company colours. Budget Builder has attracted a lot of attention since its launch from brand managers of big name retail companies worldwide. Since then, we have enhanced the product to measure the results of optimising advertising campaigns, via a dashboard-style interface, so that the ROI on the consultancy can be clearly demonstrated.


The Budget Builder has provided MCA with a valuable, automated tool that they can offer to their clients to help them easily assess budgets and consider different advertising campaign strategies.


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Web-Based Parts Inventory Database

Mechatherm has been designing and supplying furnace equipment predominantly for the aluminium industry since its formation in 1973.


Blueberry updated a legacy Access system for the industrial engineering company to a modern browserdelivered application that manages all aspects of documentation required for the design, supply and commissioning of furnace equipment.


The

system was built using our BBWT web application framework, and was designed to retain the old Access look and feel – but still purrs under the bonnet!


All projects are now held within the same SQL database, so there’s no need to keep loading new databases. Lazy loading of very large document lists further increases page load speeds, since data outside of viewing is not loaded until the user scrolls to it. The application is also integrated into Mechatherm’s finance system (Opera) via APIs which enable them to raise orders to suppliers and obtain financial information.


The new system manages all projects from Document Control, Ordering, Packing and Despatch to the endclient sites.

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Cloud-hosted Business Improvement Web Application

Tarmac is the UK’s largest supplier of construction materials – comprising aggregates, asphalt, cement, lime, concrete, read contracting, building products and recycling services.


The company operates from many locations around the UK and required an internal system that all staff could use, irrespective of their location, to propose business improvement opportunities, with a focus on

operational efficiency and cost-savings.


For some years, Tarmac had been using a spreadsheet-based system, but this was cumbersome, as each proposal had to be circulated and signed off by multiple tiers of management. It was also very complicated and time-consuming to aggregate the data from the proposals to identify the overall cost savings for management reporting. Blueberry build a cloud-based system to replace the spreadsheets.


The software enables any member of staff to log in, enter details of their proposal with costed data and then pass it to line management and the finance department to validate and approve. A comprehensive set of dashboards and reports was also produced, including the ability to export data to Excel for further analysis.

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Cloud-hosted Web Application for Parcel Tracking

Allport Cargo Services is a UK-based freight forwarding and logistics company, operating in over 100 countries. Blueberry built a bespoke system for Allport Cargo Services which replaced an inefficient, manual process with a quick, easy way for their customers to book courier services online.


Blueberry built a bespoke web application for Allport which replaced an inefficient manual process

with an easy-to-use step-by-step online portal for their customers to book courier services online. As the size and weight of the parcel is entered, the system automatically calculates cost for the preferred delivery option. Behind the scenes, the system integrates with the public APIs of a number of courier services e.g. DHL and GB Mail.


The system was built using Blueberry’s Web Template framework and styled to compliment Allport’s corporate web presence.


The system has been in live use for over three years and has enabled Allport to offer an improved, convenient service to their customers while making their reporting and invoicing processes much more effective and efficient. Blueberry’ support has been essential during this period as the couriers can sometimes change their API with little warning!

Reviews

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Custom Software Dev for Healthcare Consultancy

"...the project's keys to success have been the understanding, transparency, and input from senior team members."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Apr. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Blueberry Consultants created a workflow-planning and benchmarking tool for a healthcare consulting firm. The collaboration is ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Surrey, United Kingdom
Eve Mitchell
Director, Creative Lighthouse Ltd
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The tool has launched and received endorsements from key outside stakeholders, leading to more work with Blueberry Consultants. The team has hand-held the client through the project with patience and persistence. Their knowledge, transparency, and clear understanding make for a smooth workflow.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Creative Lighthouse is a health and social care consultancy, with a focus on workforce planning and transformation, safe staffing and cost improvement. As co-founder and director of Creative Lighthouse, my vision is for health and social care to work together seamlessly to put the person at the centre of care, using their greatest asset - their workforce.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Blueberry Consultants?

The health care sector faces a conflict between safe staffing and the (government) directive to be cost efficient.  In a time of clinical staff shortages, increasing demand for services and financial austerity there is a need for a consistent approach to workforce analysis, benchmarking and planning across the health and social care sector to enable informed decision making across finance, HR and nursing management. We had a prototype of an idea and approached Blueberry to see if they could make our idea a reality.

What were your goals for this project?

Creative Lighthouse wanted to create a workforce planning and benchmarking solution in response to frustration at the focus on financially led decisions in health and social care management that did not consider the safety and care of patients or staff. We set out to build a platform that would allow all management groups in the health and social care sector to collaborate on safe staffing, cross-boundary workforce planning, benefits realisation and financial governance. 

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We has previously worked with another organisation, who despite recommendations could not deliver to the specification - and cost us significant money as a small start-up enterprise. We identified Blueberry through a combination of recommendation and a number of meetings to make sure the team really understood what we wanted to achieve, and they provided us with a dedicated project manager and development team to ensure we could work together to deliver the end product we were looking for.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

We provided them with a spreadsheet and rough specification - they took our ideas and worked with us to come up with a thorough specification with consideration of technical issues we hadn't even considered. We may well be experts in workforce planning and safe staffing - but not in software development! Blueberry guided us through the process, gave a clear project plan and we met weekly to update and ensure we were on track. The first phase of development gave us a product we could present to the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), for which we received endorsement in April 2017, and also allowed us to apply for and be awarded a grant for Innovate UK to develop our product further to include benchmarking and cross-sector workforce planning.

What was the team composition?

The project team was led by a dedicated project manager and lead devloper, with additional team members depending on the phase of the project. As a small organisation we were very conscious of finances and also needing to deliver to a timeline and budget by Innovate UK, so we had weekly meetings, both as a team and as individual 'work packages' to ensure we were keeping to time but also encompassing feedback and changes as the project went on.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

The key to the success of Creative Lighthouse is the development and delivery of Establishment Genie. It is our core product which has given access to multiple sectors across health and social care, with the impact of improved quality of care, better governance and the ability for multidisciplinary teams to work across boundaries to provide a better workforce to respond the needs of their populations.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Project management was key to the delivery of the project. We were a difficult and precise customer when it came to outputs, and we needed guidance to help us navigate and understand the world of software development. We worked in both a waterfall and agile style, based around different work packages in line with a defined set of budgets and timelines.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their patience! Joking aside, the project's keys to success have been the understanding, transparency, and input from senior team members. The development team also delivers as close to specification as possible.

Are there any areas for improvement?

In honesty, the biggest issue was us! There were times when we were running out of money, so needed to recast our finances and look for other sources to be able to complete the project, so the delays were with us. This meant that we had to wait for the same developers to become free again to keep up the speed of delivery and understanding of the system. We also had a really rigourous testing plan. In hindsight, and now knowing more about how the product is used, we should have taken more heed of the advice Blueberry gave us and gone to market more quickly, rather than waiting for 'perfect'

5.0
Overall Score We built a relationship, and not just a customer / vendor communication. We both have invested in the delivery of great.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    A combination of our lack of understanding and need for precision meant that some of the work missed deadlines at the begiining ouf our relationship.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Blueberry provided good value for money - often working beyond the stated ours to deliver to our standards
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We have been tough customers with a very clear vision of what we wanted to achieve. The bar was set very high and Blueberry did their best to exceed.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We already have! They get that not everyone is a software developer and so are great for the non-tech entrepreneur

Custom Software Development for Healthcare Firm

"Due to their accurate project planning, they met every milestone."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Blueberry Consultants built a healthcare item ordering platform and implemented several integrations with external customer and supplier systems.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Dublin, Ireland
Patrick Meehan
Managing Director, Merrick Healthcare
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The product that Blueberry Consultants developed has become popular with healthcare professionals throughout Ireland. The team’s excellent scheduling and useful development insights were crucial to the success of the project. Customers can expect regular meetings and on-time delivery.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the managing director of a start-up medicinal product procurement company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Blueberry Consultants?

I hired Blueberry Consultants to design and build a product that integrates healthcare item ordering across multiple user and supplier systems.

What were your goals for this project?

We were hoping to complete the project in six months. Afterward, we wanted an immediate rollout to healthcare professionals, product users, and suppliers.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We found Blueberry Consultants through internet searches and phone conversations with a number of vendors. This eventually led to face-to-face meetings and project discussions.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Blueberry Consultants designed the software product based on my requirements and guidance. Their team also offered advice on areas of development and tweaks to the overall build plan.

What was the team composition?

During initial discussions, we spoke with their managing director and senior project managers. Later, we started communicating with a single senior project manager who had experience with niche areas of software development.

The project included several integrations across a number of platforms. In some cases, interactions with outdated technologies required support from outside specialists.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

Our business is entirely dependent on the software that Blueberry Consultants developed. Their work has allowed our company to grow, and many Irish healthcare professionals use their platform daily.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Blueberry Consultants placed a strong emphasis on outlining the project in great detail prior to development. This reduced the number of work hours and allowed for a smoother, steadier build. Due to their accurate project planning, they met every milestone.

Blueberry Consultants used a ticketing system to manage project tasks and provide ongoing reports. We held project meetings on a regular basis to ensure that everything was proceeding as planned.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were open to our initial plan while also providing alternative points of view. Their recommendations proved to be vital for improving the overall development process.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There’s nothing that I can add in terms of areas for improvement.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered a custom software system on time and within our budget.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer